The Rosewell Park study could have some significant effects on the vaping industry moving forward
There are several institutions in America, such as the FDA and the CDC, who appear to be going out of their way to always paint vaping in a negative light. They continue in spite of the growing amount of research proving vaping’s effectiveness for harm reduction and smoking cessation. It is with studies like these that it makes the truth about vaping’s value hard to deny. A survey carried out by one of the most prestigious cancer research groups in the country, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found terrific results about the reduction in exposure to carcinogens after switching to vaping.
The study was led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz who has spent most of his career working on finding better biomarkers to judge nicotine-containing products. The study was called Exposure to Nicotine and Selected Toxicants in Cigarette Smokers Who Switched to Electronic Cigarettes: A Longitudinal Within-Subjects Observational Study. There were some fascinating results, but the most prominent was the finding that after only seven days the reduction in carcinogenic exposure was at over 57%. By the end of the full two-week study, it had dropped 64% indicating that the drop off in risk continues with further use of a vaporizer.
Dr. Goniewicz and his team found 20 smokers looking to quit who agreed to fully switch to vaping for a two-week span. Over that two weeks, participants would be tested for various specific biomarkers. The changes in the readings were compared to the base of each participant to find the results. Through the tests, which included blood samples, the team monitored many biomarkers such as the presence of over 30 carcinogens and eight volatile organic compounds found in cigarette smoke like benzene, acrolein, and ethylene oxide.
After the two-week study, nine of the participants were able to abstain entirely from smoking successfully. At just a little less than half the original participants successfully quitting, it supports similar findings that vaping has around a 50% success rate. Among those nine there was a 57% reduction in harmful substances detected in just seven days. At the end of the two-week study, the number dropped further down to 64%. The most significant drops were in metabolites of 1 and 3 butadiene, benzene, as well as acrylonitrile. Of the over 38 substances tested for only a select few remained unchanged. Including some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites, and nicotine.
These results are fantastic and vital in the fight to keep our vaping rights. Vaping has been consistently shown to have around a 50% success rate of success for smoking cessation. This is supported by these results which come in at 45%, even with a smaller sample size. No other smoking cessation tool can boast that kind of success rate, even with inflated results. What’s more important from this article is how significantly and quickly vaping’s harm reduction value begins to work, especially concerning the exposure to carcinogens.
Anti-vaping lobbyists continue to align vaping with the dangers of traditional smoking. But it is studies like this, and the many others with similar results, that are our best tools in the fight against the dissemination of misinformation. Public Health England published the most famous study about vaping in 2015. Their study found vaping to be at a minimum 95% safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. Dr. Goniewicz and his team have now shown the speed at which a smoker’s health can improve, with the reduction being over 50% in a single week.
It is because of results like these that the difference between vaping and smoking must be emphasized. The anti-vaping lobbyists would have smokers believe there is no real difference, and if that were true, it wouldn’t be worth the struggle to switch. But there is a difference, and it’s massive. Several studies have found there is an enormous disconnect between the reality of what vaping can do for an individual’s health and the general public’s understanding of it. We have to fight this spread of misinformation if vaping is ever to reach its full potential in the fight against smoking.
What was the first improvement you noticed when you switched to vaping? Do you agree that studies like this are vital? How can we best improve the public perception of vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.